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During gynecologic exam, the woman is asked to slide down to the edge of the examination table for best visualization of the area and to accommodate the use of the speculum.  This position is medically known as the dorsal lithotomy position.

Stirrups were invented by Bert H Simpson in 1908 and patented in March 1909 – only 100 years ago.  See photo below.


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